On Al’s last day in town we decided to head up to Woodland Park to go shooting. We actually got Madeline to shoot Candace’s rifle with Mike. She actually liked shooting with Mike, and it gave us an opportunity to teach her a few simple things about gun safety. She was so good about keeping her ear protection on the entire time everyone was shooting. Our kids love shooting so much that there was never a dull moment when no one was shooting either the rifles, handguns, or shot guns. The girls loved my new rifle and spent a great deal of their time shooting with that beautiful gun. We introduced Emma to my new handgun and although she was a little nervous at first, she ended up liking it. Al even gave the kids some advice about shooting as he was still a pretty good shot. He was wearing his class of ‘62 West Point hat. When he took the handgun, he hit multiple bullseyes. After all these years, he’s still got it. Can do ’62! I did not grow up around guns so getting into shooting has taken me some time. We don’t want our kids to be afraid of guns in their youth. We want them to know how to handle a gun so that they will respect it, be safe with it, and know how to use it in an emergency. As they say, a family that shoots together stays together.
We always love any excuse to go and walk around Garden of the Gods together. It had been a few years since Al had been there, so we rounded up all the kids and headed on over before the afternoon thunderstorm arrived. We got there at the perfect time. The weather was cooler, and it only sprinkled a tiny bit while we were on our walk. Madeline had fun running up and down the paved walkway, collecting a variety of rocks along the way. We made it pretty much all the way around the path before it started raining. By the time we got back in the car it started to pour. What luck that was. I was happy that I managed to get all five kids to come on our little adventure. The beauty of this place never ceases to amaze me.